Conflict negotiation and autonomy processes in adolescent romantic relationships: an observational study of interdependency in boyfriend and girlfriend effects
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Conflict negotiation and autonomy processes in adolescent romantic relationships
Abstract: 

This study examined the association between conflict negotiation and the expression of autonomy in adolescent romantic partners. Thirty-seven couples participated in a globally coded conflict interaction task. Actor-partner interdependence models (APIM) were used to quantify the extent to which boys' and girls' autonomy was linked solely to their own negotiation of the conflict or whether it was linked conjointly to their own and their partners' negotiation style. Combining agentic autonomy theories and peer socialization models, it was expected that boys' and girls' autonomy would be associated only with their own conflict behaviors when they employed conflict styles reflective of their same gender repertoire, and associated conjointly with self and partner behaviors when they employed gender-atypical conflict styles. Instead of an equal, albeit distinct, positioning in the autonomy dynamic, the results suggested that girls' autonomy is associated solely with their own conflict behaviors, whereas boys' autonomy is jointly associated with their own and their partners' conflict behaviors. We discuss the relative power of boys and girls in emergent dyadic contexts, emphasizing how romantic dynamics shape salient abilities.

Author(s): 
McIsaac, Caroline
Connolly, Jennifer
McKenney, Katherine S.
Pepler, Debra
Craig, Wendy
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Adolescence
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Adolesc
Publication Date: 
2008-12
Publication Year: 
2008
Pages: 
691-707
Volume: 
31
Issue: 
6
ISSN: 
0140-1971
DOI: 
10.1016/j.adolescence.2008.08.005
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18951625

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Caroline McIsaac, Jennifer Connolly, Katherine S. McKenney, Debra Pepler and Wendy Craig. 2008-12. "Conflict negotiation and autonomy processes in adolescent romantic relationships: an observational study of interdependency in boyfriend and girlfriend effects." Journal of Adolescence 31: 6: 691-707. 10.1016/j.adolescence.2008.08.005.

Wikipedia Citation

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